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Timmy's in the Well: The Jon Provost Story

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About the Author

Jon Provost played Timmy in the popular television show Lassie. He has worked with Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Kim Novak, and many more.

Laurie Jacobson is a Hollywood historian, the author of Dishing Hollywood: The Real Scoop on Tinseltown's Most Notorious Scandals, and Mrs. Jon Provost. The Provosts live near San Francisco.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581826192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581826197
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Szudy on December 12, 2007
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"Timmy's in the Well", the new book by Jon Provost and his wife, Laurie Jacobson, transports those of us "of a certain age" to a different place in time and memory. "Lassie" will always hold a special place in our formative years. This new book allows us to share in the making of a classic from the point of view of the young actor who was Timmy Martin. Mr. Provost pays warm tribute to the late Tommy Rettig and a dignified nod to the legendary Roddy McDowell who both preceded him as Lassie's young companion. This book is rich with the shared memories of many of Jon Provost's TV companions from a variety of now-classic shows that shaped a generation. In an honest manner, the pain as well as the joy of being "famous" youngsters sharing their youth with millions of others through the magic of 1950's/1960's TV is brought home. For all of you who, like me, not only remember but value those times in a world which seemed sweeter and safer--this book is well worth your time.
Ron Szudy
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Silverman on December 2, 2007
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Reading this book is like going back in time to my childhood when we knew to be in the house by 7 PM Sunday night to watch Lassie and Timmy (Jon Provost). The book is not just about Jon Provost, but it is a behind the scenes glimpse into the great young starts of TV in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It also presents lessons in parenting. Provost would be recognized by almost everyone in the United States at that time. Despite his fame, he grew up without front page scandals as is often seen with today's young stars. The books explains how his mother raised him and taught him to appreciate his fans who were his "customers." Also how she respected his feelings by allowing him to retire when he was about to enter high school even though he was offered a nice contract extension. It's hard to put the book down, so many stories about so many people we grew up knowing through TV. GREAT BOOK!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Graham on February 11, 2008
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This book is absolutely terrific, not just for movie and TV fans, but also for any adult who might be preparing for, or currently struggling with, success, challenge, frustration, or failure. Do you enjoy Hollywood movie history, or info about legendary stars and classic TV? Or perhaps when growing up, you watched a favorite child star perform and dearly wanted to be like him or her, thinking life would be so fun, rosy and glamorous to be so popular, cute, rich and famous. Perhaps you dreamed it would bring fast cars, beautiful living, smart clothes, endless friends and gorgeous dates. Well, now's your chance to personally experience what all this might have been like. But beware. Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes they are more.

In this very special and unique autobiography, you'll become a member of Jon Provost's family, past and present. You'll feel right at home, following the young actor through all the ups and downs, hopes and dreams, thrills and chills (not to mention pains and strains), of a childhood spent working in 50's and 60's movies and television. You'll be transported into a wonderful, yet sometimes strange and even downright dangerous world of wild success, fame and fortune.

Fame does bring great stuff, attention and privileges. It's all here in this book, with amazing, wonderful, unbelievable, incredible times. You'll meet many famous adult and kid stars backstage and in real life, as well as numerous regular friends and coworkers, too. Their impressions and perspectives, both positive and negative, are quite candidly included. Family and off-camera photos on practically every page help to set the period and mood.

But fame and success bring even more.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Almost 50 Lassie fan on December 5, 2007
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I tend to agree with Silverman's review on this book. Certainly I've read many autobiographies of actors, musicians, and literary authors. If you are the type of biography reader who is searching for numerous salacious stories about the people involved (hey, Lassie was a dog; how salacious could his life have been??), this is NOT the book for you. If you are a Lassie fan, of any age, who is interested in reading Jon (and others') perspective about the Lassie show over the years, its episodes, its many stars--you will enjoy this book. If you are interested in learning about Jon's own life before and beyond the Lassie years, he AND other people who were are part of his life then provide interesting and insightful details about his life. To those of us old enough to remember the Schultz twins and The Monroes or David Cassidy or Bobby Sherman, this book is also a "trip down memory lane", as the saying goes, but an enjoyable one, if not always a pleasant one for those involved. I have a suspicion that Laurie's knowledge of Hollywood history probably helped Jon put his story in a historical context for us that might otherwise NOT have been there; that context adds to the enjoyment of reading this book. As a Lassie fan, I always knew most kids of my generation (the 1960's) preferred the "Timmy" shows to the "Jeff" ones. Why? Because Timmy, Ruth, and Paul tended to be positive characters, with little of Jeff, his mother, and Grandpa's negativity, whining or complaining often. Not surprisingly, Laurie and Jon end this book with Jon's positive assessment of his past years, including Lassie, rather than the typical child star regret. I enjoyed the book immensely.
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